Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Show

June 19, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Elizabeth Alexander is already having a busy summer. She has her work in two group shows at Danforth Art Museum (where she has been awarded top prize) and Bakalar & Paine Galleries. She is also having a solo show, Double Impatiens, in Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery!

Double Impatiens
On View: July 3-August 3, 2013
Reception: Thu. July 18, 4 – 6 pm

Alexander’s exhibition, Double Impatiens, in the Schlosberg Gallery, will feature three-dimensional sculptural steel pieces paired with paper flower cuttings that will cover much of the hard metal, creating rusting effects over time. The pieces are from the ongoing series Welder’s Daughter: Safe and Powerless, which grapples with mixed identity, gender stereotypes, feeling out of place, and Alexander’s own identity within her family. The exhibition will include existing work as well as several new pieces.

Alexander creates sculpture, mixed media installations, photography, and works on paper to challenge conventions and the stereotypes surrounding occupation and gender. She explains that she chooses “images, materials, and found objects to symbolize different parts of own physical, historical, and emotional identity as a working class woman.” Alexander’s process of applying and removing decoration from objects or spaces, such as with the paper flowers, affects their function and character. When added, the often-floral decoration represents femininity, beauty and prosperity and when removed, its absence signifies a loss, exposure and vulnerability. Alexander’s work deconstructs and then reconstructs chosen objects, images, or spaces through acts of concealment and disclosure so that they become versions of themselves that are different, unearthed from beneath the surface, and highly exaggerated.


Her “Face Shield from Welder’s Daughter” is appearing in Off the Wall at Danforth Art Museum (Juried by Dina Deitsch).

Exhibit: June 9 – August 4
Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 5 pm, Thu 12 – 8:30 pm
123 Union Avenue Framingham, MA

Her “Keeping Up Appearances version #3” is in Works in 3D, Mass Art’s 2nd Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition at Bakalar & Paine Galleries (Juried by: Emily Zilber, Ronald L,, Anita C. Wornick, and Chris Rifkin).

Exhibit: June 10 – July 13
Hours: Mon- Sat 2-6, Wed 12-8
621 Huntington Ave. Boston

Alexander is an adjunct faculty member at Montserrat and Lasell College. She received her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004. In 2011 she received grants from both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph foundation for her work in Sculpture and Installation Art. Her work has been highlighted and reviewed by Big Red and Shiny, The Boston Globe, Art New England, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, New Glass Review, Open Letters Monthly, and Berkshire Fine Arts. The Bromfield Gallery granted her solo shows in both 2006 and 2011 as a visiting artist. She has also participated in many group and two person shows at a wide range of venues including the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the Wentworth – Coolidge Mansion Museum, Firehouse 13, the Detroit Artists Market, the Danforth Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Pont-Aven Contemporary Gallery in France, and Gallery AL in South Korea. Her work is part of private collections across the United States including a public 3-D collage in the lobby of The Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi, MI. More information can be found at: elizabethalexanderstudio.com.